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Kuapā or Keahupuaomaunalua

The old name for the 523-acre  fishpond in the Maunalua area, enclosed water inlet now referred to as "Koko Marina".  Kuapā is also referred to as “Keahupuaomaunalua”, which means “the shrine of the baby mullet at Maunalua.”  Mullet, or ʻamaʻama, was a main fish raised in the fishpond by Hawaiians. It is said that the pond was partially constructed by Menehune, a legendary race of small people and was connected through an underground tunnel to Kaʻelepulu fishpond in Kailua.

 Kuapā literally means “fishpond wall,” and a loko kuapā is one type of fishpond that utilizes a stone wall.  The wall at this fishpond was about 5000 feet long.  Keahupuaomaunalua was the largest loko kuapā in Hawaiʻi.

Handy, E.S. Craighill, Elizabeth Green Handy, and Mary Kawena Pukuʻi.  Native Planters in Old Hawaiʻi.  Honolulu:  Bishop Museum Press, 1991.

McAllister, Gilbert J.  Archaeology of Oʻahu.  Honolulu:  Bishop Museum, 1933.

Pukuʻi, Mary Kawena, Samuel H. Elbert, and Esther T. Mookini.  Place names of Hawaii.  Honolulu:  University of Hawaiʻi Press, 1976.

Stump, Jane Barr.  Our Hawaiʻi Kai:  A History of Hawaiʻi Kai and Maunalua Book 1, Manuscript.  Hanauma Bay Education Program Library.

Kuapā of today is known as Hawaii Kai

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